Auction 119, Lot 928

"Lives of the British Admirals: Containing a New and Accurate Naval History, from the Earliest Periods",

Subject: History Books, Britain

Period: 1781 (dated)


Color: Black & White

5 x 8 inches
12.7 x 20.3 cm

This is the final volume from a set of four. This edition takes the naval history of Britain from the accession of George II to the end of the Seven Years’ War in 1763, and continues to the year 1779 during the American War of Independence. There are transcribed accounts of the voyages of Commodore Byron in 1764, and Captain Cook's in 1768. This edition also includes the Battle of Bunker’s Hill, and the taking of New York and Philadelphia. In addition there are numerous appendices that list the ships of the various navies, show letters of instruction to some of the naval officers and more accounts of naval engagements. There is a beautifully engravedA New Map of North America from the Best Authorities, by John Lodge, which shows the "River of the West", and a terrific engraved frontispiece showing Neptune handing over the reins of his chariot to Britannia. 12 mo. 521 pp. Original hardbound in brown calf with decorative gilt title on red leather on the spine, and gilt designs on edges of both boards. Marbled end papers.


Condition: B

Map has some light offsetting, and a small binding tear repaired with tape. Text pages are good, but with scattered foxing. Covers have some minor shelf wear, and the corners are bumped. Front hinge is cracked and appears to have been repaired some time ago.

Estimate: $200 - $300

Sold for: $150

Closed on 5/9/2007